Category Archives: Nature

Trip to the Giant’s Causeway and the Titanic Quarter

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Titanic Visitor Centre

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An evening walk in Duncannon

I spent the weekend at home in Wexford.

Before leaving yesterday (Sunday) evening, my mother (Phyl); her three eldest grandchildren, Shauna, Atlanta and Savannah; Rusty (the most blogged about dog in Wexford) and I all set off for a walk on nearby Duncannon Beach.

The wind was really strong, the tide was right in, it was freezing cold… and a lot of fun!

The sun was setting as we came back up the beach too, which made for a pretty picture – one I don’t do justice to with these photos.

Thanks as ever to my willing young models and apologies to their mother (Amy) for sending them home slightly wet and mostly covered in sand!

Footsteps in the sand (Atlanta)

Footsteps in the sand (Atlanta)

Rusty and Shauna

Rusty and Shauna

Phyl and Savannah

Phyl and Savannah

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Savannah

Savannah

Koala in the long grass

Koala in the long grass

Messing!

Messing

The result of said messing

The result of the messing – Savannah came off worse!

More messing!

More messing

One of the two poor dead seals we came across

One of the two poor, dead seals we came across…

And the other one

And the other one

Savannah

Savannah

Shauna on the first of the two crucial rocks for the stream crossing

Shauna on the first of the two crucial rocks for the stream crossing

Atlanta and Phyl

Atlanta and Phyl

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Sisters jumping!

Sisters jumping!

Looking towards the South Beach housing estate

Looking towards the South Beach housing estate

Atlanta

Atlanta and her cold face!

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Running down

Savannah preparing for take off

Taking flight

Atlanta taking off

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Granddaughter and grandmother fleeing the waves

Granddaughter and grandmother fleeing the waves as the sun disappears

Mixed Bag!

So, I’ll level with you here.

if I hadn’t been so busy lately these photos wouldn’t be up here.

Getting some quality time with my camera has been increasingly difficult, but I’ll be addressing that next weekend – in some style I hope!

Until then, dear reader, please look kindly on this mixed bag of photos from recent weeks, most of which were taken on a stroll around Dublin, which took in St Stephen’s Green and the Iveagh Gardens.

Others were just random snaps when something caught my eye when the camera was close by.

I’ll try caption them, as best I can.

Laura getting ready

Laura getting ready

Feeding the swans in St Stephen's Green

Feeding the swans in St Stephen’s Green

Louis Copeland Outfitters

Louis Copeland Outfitters

Iveagh Gardens

Iveagh Gardens

Taking flight in St Stephen's Green

Taking flight in St Stephen’s Green

Lonely Cherub

Lonely Cherub

Andrew's Lane Theatre

Andrew’s Lane Theatre

Andrew's Lane

Andrew’s Lane

Letter box, Iveagh Gardens

Letter box, Iveagh Gardens

Church of the Sacred Heart, Arbour Hilll

Church of the Sacred Heart, Arbour Hill

Strolling through the Iveagh Gardens

Strolling through the Iveagh Gardens

Crane Lane

Crane Lane

Trees light the bike lane on Dublin's south quay

Trees light the bike lane on Dublin’s south quay

Iveagh Garden Angel

Iveagh Garden Angel

Cuckoo Lane

Cuckoo Lane

Face to face in St Stephen's Green

Face to face in St Stephen’s Green

True love?

True love?

Andrew's Lane

Andrew’s Lane

Smithfield Square

Smithfield Square

Ringing the bell to clear the Iveagh Gardens/bring an end to this post!

Ringing the bell to clear the Iveagh Gardens/bring an end to this post!

Festive Season Odds and Ends

Here are some photos from the days between Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. They can be broken down into roughly three sections.

Hook Head: We took a walk in Hook Head on a very wild day and it was beautiful, with waves crashing against the rocks and the foam and spray creating its very own white Christmas for the visitors braving the elements. However, I had no tripod as I lost it here on Christmas Day after leaving it behind me and, in any event, the wind was so strong it was impossible to stand still, let alone hold a camera still. In fact the first thing we heard on the radio after getting into the car to drive to the Hook was to stay away from exposed coastal areas due to extremely strong gale force winds… but we weren’t the only people ignoring that sound advice! The light was poor too, so hence the pretty awful image quality, which does not even do scant justice to the beauty of the Hook that day. I’ll get it right there some stormy day!

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Curracloe: Another walk. This time in my favourite place, which I have blogged about many times before on here. Again my missing tripod would have been a great help due to the low, fading light, but I took a few shots anyway. Plus, tripod or not, they would have been no match for Curracloe on a sunny day.

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Round the house: These mostly involved testing my new lens by pointing it randomly at various household objects and patient relatives, as well as taking a few shots of my sister’s family – another of this blog’s regular star turns – when they came to visit.

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Happy Rusty!

My dog Rusty having a ball at Curracloe yesterday. I got lots of photos of him having fun, but this is my favourite.

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Birds at Raven Point, Curracloe

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Irish Weather Online

For those of you, like me, who love nothing more than stunning images then the Facebook page run by the team over at Irish Weather Online is an absolute must “like”.

Or for those sensible enough to have no Facebook account, you can still view the images if you visit the page.

Anyway, I’m delighted to have made their album of favourite images from around Ireland in 2012 with the photo below and if you visit the album you’ll see my image is keeping some pretty exceptional company.

Howth

Christmas Day in Cullenstown

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So we decided to ward off Christmas cabin fever by getting out for a couple of hours earlier.

My brothers Declan and Pádaí, our friend Anthony and I headed for the nearby Cullenstown Strand.

It was a beautiful, clear day, with the clouds and inevitable rain only closing in just as we left.

The lads mostly played hurling and I mostly took photographs during the preceding two hours or so.

Anthony, for an Aussie who has never played hurling before, proved a natural.

The exercise and sea air primed use well for a delicious Christmas dinner back in the Cullen household.

Anthony, Declan and Pádaí

Anthony, Declan and Pádaí

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I'm not the only one who takes photos around here - Anthony in action!

I’m not the only one who takes photos around here – Anthony in action!

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Looking out to sea from Howth

Poolbeg

I got to Poolbeg as the light was fading last Friday evening and went for a walk from beneath the smoke stacks out along the Great South Wall (or South Bull Wall) to the lighthouse at the end of it, which is pretty much smack bang in the middle of Dublin Bay.

It was a beautiful evening and with my current injury woes I was moving (painfully) slowly. But this just meant even more time to take in the beautiful surroundings as I made my between Poolbeg’s two famous landmarks and back again, by which time the sun had well and truly set.

The interesting thing about the setting sun (apart from the fantastic sky of course!) was that when I was facing back towards Dublin city and the smoke stacks and then facing out into the bay, towards the lighthouse, they were two completely different skies.

Anyway, here’s Poolbeg as I saw it. As ever, click on the images for the big files, if you so wish.

P.S. If you don’t like lighthouses and/or smoke stacks then this is definitely not the post for you!